When I was about six years old, I would sing my heart out to this tune blar­ing on the ra­dio in my mom’s late-eighties Honda Accord. It was an ab­solute high­light of Christmastime. Sadly, it doesn’t have the same im­pact on me to­day but the sea­son just isn’t com­plete with­out this clas­sic. Enjoy The Boss’ (I’m from Jersey so I’m al­lowed to say that) ren­di­tion record­ed live in 1975.

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You bet­ter watch out
You bet­ter not cry
You bet­ter not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is com­ing to town…

He’s mak­ing a list
He’s check­ing it twice
He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice
Santa Claus is com­ing to town

He sees you when you’re sleep­ing
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
You bet­ter good for good­ness’ sake!

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” from the sin­gle My Hometown. Performed by Bruce Springsteen. ℗1985 Columbia Records. Written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie. ©1934 EMI Feist Catalog / Haven Gillespie Music Publishing / Larry Spier Music (ad­min. by Mark Spier Memory Lane Music Group) (ASCAP)